San Diego, California - Check out San Diego County's fun photo lineup from Saturday’s Shop With a Cop, where more than 300 officers teamed up with children and took them to SeaWorld for breakfast and a show and then out for a $150 shopping spree.
This year’s 25th annual event was coordinated by the California Highway Patrol and Chula Vista Police Department. Among the local law enforcement were 53 officers from San Diego County Probation, 29 deputies from San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and 10 officers from the San Diego County District Attorney.
Children are selected by schools to participate.
“Shop With a Cop is an extremely humbling event that allows the officers to connect with a child from their community and share with them the joys of the holiday season,” said Josh Nelson of the CHP.
Funds for the event are raised by law enforcement agencies and an anonymous donor.
San Diego County Probation Officer Michael Keeley, who has participated in the event for 9 years, said he looks forward to the event all year long. He hosts a sports tournament during the year to help raise money for the event. This year, he added a second tournament and raised about $11,000. He received an honorary plaque for his contribution to the event, but for him it is all about making children happy.
This year he and another officer partnered with a little girl.
“She ended up getting a bike and a helmet. So, that was really cool,” Keeley said. “She just had a smile on her face most of the time. You could see that it was just a lot of fun.”